Stick to the FACTS when reviewing and making viewer suggestions. Rated R is R.

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The rules clearly state that when reviewing films, facts are what IMDB is looking for so I would appreciate it if whomever posted under the film Disconnect, would remove their strong opinion of telling parents that children 13 and older should watch this film that it is highly recommended. This film is rated R NOT PG13 so first of all I do not understand how you can recommend any such thing and second of all this is your opinion not a fact. I am stating a fact the film is rated R for a reason it is filled with adult content sexual and otherwise, therefore it is rated R and not intended for young audiences and I thought IMDB had better filtering to make sure that someone did not make such dangerous recommendations to parents and children. Let's stick to the facts. Thank you.
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I very much doubt the reviewer will ever read this message - you are better off contacting them directly (click on their name) and suggest they change their advice. If not you could always report the review and see if staff agree with you.

However, it is worth flagging up what R means:

R — Restricted. Children Under 17 Require Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian.

An R-rated motion picture, in the view of the Rating Board, contains some adult material. An R-rated motion picture may include adult themes, adult activity, hard language, intense or persistent violence, sexually-oriented nudity, drug abuse or other elements, so that parents are counseled to take this rating very seriously. Children under 17 are not allowed to attend R-rated motion pictures unaccompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Parents are strongly urged to find out more about R-rated motion pictures in determining their suitability for their children. Generally, it is not appropriate for parents to bring their young children with them to R-rated motion pictures.


http://www.mpaa.org/ratings/what-each...

So a 13-year-old could see an R, it is up to their parent or guardian to decide if it was appropriate, so a review that says kids of that age could go isn't irresponsible as it isn't a black and white issue, it is subjective. However, it will always be down to the responsible adult to read reviews and the parental guidance to see if it is something they want to expose their kids to. If it had an NC-17 rating, then that might be a different kettle of fish, but still the responsibility would ultimately lie with the adults.
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Also consider that IMDb is used in many other countries than USA, and the movie you mention may have very different ratings in other countries. Sexual content is not considered a problem in many countries the same way it is in USA, of course depending on how graphic it is. If the reviewer is foreign it might be rated lower in his country than it is in USA. As long as the review itself isn't inappropriate in wording I fail to see the problem.
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And consider it's opinion. So, if that's his/her opinion, it is what it is.
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This is what the reviewer wrote:

An R-rated film, but an important film, especially for teens.

It's appropriate for anyone 13 or older, in fact I encourage them to see it.

Gain some perspective on the modern world.

This is about leaving personal opinion out of the equation. Period. Problem with the world today is everyone's opinion and not fact of consequences from those opinions.

Thank you.
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The concept of a user review is to share your OPINION of the film you're reviewing. If you want the facts of the film, stick to reading the synopsis... I see absolutely nothing wrong with that statement in and of itself, even taken outside of its proper context. I'm sure the rest of the review explains why he is of that opinion.
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If my opinion is that everyone should see Deep Throat, that's my opinion. At least the reviewer is telling what the fact-based rating is, then adding his/her opinion. In a forum that is made up only of opinion, there's no reason to keep opinion out. If you want facts regarding ratings, look at where the ratings are displayed and don't read the opinion-based areas.

Add to that that R rating allows for parental "opinion" of whether or not it's ok...so, the reviewers opinion is completely appropriate.
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Its a review - if it doesn't contain a personal opinion it'd be a dull restating of the contents. If you did that as a professional reviewer you'd not be a pro for long.

By all means vote it down as not being helpful, but if you don't want personal opinions in reviews then you might have to steer clear of reviews.
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The rules clearly state that when reviewing films, facts are what IMDB is looking for
Where exactly do you see these rules? Here are the actual IMDb guidelines for user reviews: http://www.imdb.com/help/show_leaf?co....

Reviews are by definition opinions. Plot outlines, summaries, and synopses are facts.

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